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Companies need many things in order to run properly, including cash flow, a well-oiled marketing and sales staff, and a good production team. One element that businesses, especially manufacturing companies, often overlook is management and maintenance software. That's where computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) and enterprise asset management (EAM) software comes in. These programs can help your organization run smoothly and save money. Following are some of the most important benefits of CMMS.
Good CMMS software not only will enable you to schedule preventive maintenance but also let you see instructions for a specific job, what is needed for the job and whether you have the parts on hand to complete the job. A CMMS should also be able to show other pertinent information including service histories, warranties, etc. In addition, some software packages offer extra features, such as the ability to configure and manage reports and key performance indicators for presentations. Most CMMS software on the market includes mobile data capability. This allows you to connect to the cloud for easy sharing and access from wherever you are for enhanced flexibility.
No matter what kind of equipment or assets you have, they will require some sort of maintenance. Performing routine and preventive maintenance will help your equipment last longer and save you money in the long run. Regularly scheduled maintenance not only will result in longer equipment life but also fewer equipment purchases and replacements. CMMS software can lead to a decrease in unplanned repair costs by enabling you to see the repairs made to a component during its lifetime so you can decide if it should be replaced.
When a machine breaks down, downtime usually occurs while the machine is waiting to be fixed. This downtime can be even longer if all the parts required to fix the machine are not on hand. With CMMS software, you are alerted when parts need to be ordered before a machine breaks down so downtime is reduced. Being able to schedule and plan day-to-day maintenance also makes it easier on the maintenance team.
With the possibility of achieving less downtime, longer equipment life and increased productivity, CMMS can be a great investment for organizations looking to become more cost-effective and efficient. With all of these benefits, why wouldn't you want CMMS to help run your company?
Brett Chesney writes about the tech industry, CMMS and startups. He also occasionally writes for AssetPoint, which provides CMMS and its innovative TabWare software. In his free time, Brett talks about Crossfit and researches new technologies entirely too much.